March 18, 2004

Cleveland 10, Boston 9. Let's get these games out of the way in March.
Boston     017 000 001 -  9 13 2

Cleveland 000 201 061 - 10 12 0
David McCarty belted two home runs -- off Jason Bere in the 2nd and Cliff Bartosh in the 3rd -- but Cleveland rallied late and topped the Sox. ... Trailing 8-3, Cleveland struck for six runs in the bottom of the 8th inning. Coco Crisp's two-run double with no one out and the bases loaded cut Boston's lead to 8-7. Brandon Phillips tied the game with an RBI groundout and Crisp, after stealing third, scored the go-ahead run on Adam Piatt's twisting liner to deep right. ... The Red Sox tied the game in the ninth on Trace Coquillette's solo homer off Rafael Betancourt, but reliever Anastacio Martinez gave the lead (and the game) back in the bottom half. Victor Martinez singled and Jhonny Peralta walked. Martinez then threw Lou Merloni's sacrifice bunt into right field for an error that scored the winning run.

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